The Massillon Amateur Radio Club

W8NP

PO Box 73
Massillon,  Ohio  44648


Serving Our Community Since 1927


 

 

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Next regular club meeting will be on:

 December 5, 2014

Meeting begins at 8:00 PM. Door open at 7:00 PM.

Program:

Annual Club Officer Elections.

A full list of programs scheduled for this year is posted.

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Net Information


The West Stark Information Net convenes every Friday evening on the club's 147.18 repeater beginning at 8:00 PM. There is no net on club meeting night.

This is a general information net and  accepts all check-ins from the community. Current Net Manager is Tony Casebolt, KD8UXK. Contact him at kd8uxk@yahoo.com.

Net Managers are currently looking for stations to assist with net control duties. All training will be provided. 

Net Control Operators for October are as follows:

Nov  14 - KD8UXK

Nov 21  - WD8MIU

Nov 28 - NQ8L

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The Massillon MRN Net convenes every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings on 3600 Khz (+or- QRN) at 7:30 PM. 

This net is designed to provide code practice to all participants regardless of skill level. 


 

 

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It shall be our purpose to further amateur radio by serving the public; to promote technical knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating proficiency; and to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community.


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The ARRL New Public Service Handbook

Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook

 Amateur Radio has consistently been the most reliable means of communications when other systems have failed. Hams work closely with disaster relief agency officials from FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other response organizations to offer wireless communications aid. From wildfires and earthquakes to marathons and road races, when getting the message through is critical, ham radio works.

The Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook is for all hams that volunteer their time and skill to serve their communities. It provides knowledge needed for communicating quickly and effectively during disasters, emergencies, and community events, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Amateur Radio Service and its unique role in supporting the public.

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The 2015  Stark County VE Exam Schedule has not been  set.

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What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. Learn More....


This is Amateur Radio !  


Massillon Holiday Parade  

(Nov 25, 2014)  - - The MARC just finished assisting with the 60th Annual Massillon Holiday Parade sponsored by Massillon Main Street and the Downtown Massillon Association. This continues to remain the oldest public service event that is handled by the club and our responsibilities have grown over recent years to include many aspects of parade operation. The parade was rebroadcast over Massillon Cable TV and I hope some of you had a chance to view it. The club trailer looked great on the route with our new decorations and special thanks to Jim Farriss - WA8GXM for pulling the trailer in the parade.

In the early years of the parade, we provided only communications support to the Massillon JCs organization who handled the staging of all the parade units. When they disbanded, the city struggled to find volunteers willing to take on this task. Since the MARC handled communications support, somehow we got nominated to take on this responsibility as well.

A few years later, Massillon Cable began filming the parade in conjunction with the Massillon High School Communications Department and again the club was called upon to assist with this part of the parade also. Last minute omissions or changes to the parade line up are passed on to the production crew so that the announcers can follow along with the parade units. We had experience with this as well as amateurs routinely handle staging activities including TV production control relay duties at the Hall of Fame Festival Community Parade. The Holiday Parade has depended on this ever since.

Over the past several years the parade has been sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association with President Donald Harwig serving as Parade Chairman. During this time and before the club has always been there to make sure the parade is properly staged and starts on time down the parade route. We have become an integral part of the parade and I wonder if they could pull it off without us.

Im glad to report another successful public service event with very few problems thanks to our communications and parade skills. Over 47 years and counting Santa has arrived in the city in no small part thanks to the MARC.

Parade Organizers and Communications Coordinator Perry Ballinger, W8AU express their appreciation to the MARC for their continued support of this annual holiday parade. The following club members assisted with this years event.

Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Bud Harvey - WA8KWD, Steve Hall - KD8ACF, Igor Nikishin - K8INN, Bill Maurer - KD8LCS, Dan Anastis - N8DZM, Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU, Gary Kline - WC8W, Jim Farriss - WA8GXM, Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Joe Herrick - WD8BGW, Terry Russ - N8ATZ, Ralph Bugg - K8HSQ, Jeff McKinney - KC8KIX, Alan Looney - AC8RY, John Wagner - N8CD and John Kocher - N8ZXB. This event provided 68 hours of community service.


MARC Hamfest Information  

  (Oct 6, 2014) - - The Massillon Amateur Radio Club will once again sponsor our 54th Annual Hamfest and Auction on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Massillon Boy's & Girls Club. The club is located at 730 Duncan Street SW, Massillon, OH 44646.

Thanks everyone for another fun and successful hamfest !


New Club Repeater Updates  

  (Nov 17, 2014) - - As many of our club members have noticed, we have a new 147.18 repeater in operation. It is a Yaesu "Fusion" DR-1X Multi-Mode repeater. What is a Multi-Mode repeater you ask? Unlike the Icom D-Star system, the Fusion will function with both digital and analog radios. The Fusion system uses what is called "C4FM FDMA" digital encoding and is not compatible with other digital modes such as D-Star, DMR, NXDN and P25.

Because it is compatible with existing analog radios, nobody will be required to buy new radios, but when it comes to replace your existing mobile or HT, you may want to consider a Multi-Mode version.

The new repeater has been in service since October 27, 2014. During the short time we've had it on the air, it has been getting rave reviews. If you thought our previous repeater had good performance, you will be pleasantly surprised at the way the new one is working.

So far, only analog radios have been in use. Digital radios will be showing up before long. When digital mode is in effect, you will hear what sounds like a rush of noise on your analog radios. To eliminate this noise, you will need to enable your CTCSS (PL) decode. The repeater still uses the 110.9 Hz CTCSS to gain access and also transmits the same CTCSS tone when transmitting in the analog mode. The tone is not present when in the digital mode, so your CTCSS decode will block the noise.

Presently only a small group of club members are using the new Yeasu digital style radio's and there has been very little digital voice showing up on the repeater.

We are still learning the operational characteristics of the new repeater and we will pass along updates as we are able.

Our thanks to the members of the club for purchasing this new technology that will take the MARC into tomorrow's world of communication !

De Ralph, K8HSQ - MARC President.


Club Mentoring Program Schedule  

  (Nov 16, 2014) - - During a previous club meeting member Wade Huthmacher, WD8MIU suggested that the club consider sponsoring a short term mentoring program to teach those interested a series of technical topics. This program is called The Mentoring Program.

The program will run during the new year winter months and will continue through April. We are looking for Mentors to cover any technical topic of interest to members. They will be held on the first or second Saturday morning from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at the club location, the Massillon Senior Center.

Our schedule so far is as follows:

January 17th. Mentor will be James Andrews, KD8VT and will cover proper grounding in your Ham Shack.

February 7th. Mentor will be John Wagner, N8CD and will cover basic kit building including proper soldering techniques.

March 7th and April 4th are still open.

Do you have any ideas your would like to see covered ? Wade, WD8MIU is heading up this Mentoring Program and would like to hear from you with your ideas. Contact him at (330) 704 - 2100 or by email to wd8miu@gmail.com.

The club will provide coffee during the program and maybe we could get someone to sponsor donuts ?


Field Day Final Report  

  (Aug 25, 2014) - - Field Day 2014 was again held at Petro's Park and the final scores have been calculated and submitted to the ARRL by our club Treasurer Gary Kline, WC8W.

Club turnout was pretty good with about 35 members and guests attending throughout the weekend.

The final score submitted to the ARRL is shown below.

BAND CW QSO's PHONE QSO's
80 182 15
40 227 80
20 43 230
15 41 34
6 20 30
GOTA   24

Total QSO's was 513 on CW and 427 on Phone. Claimed score - 2,910.  Bonus Points - 820.

Total Score submitted - 3,730.

 


July Program - Ice Cream Social  

 (Jul 12, 2014) - -  The program for the July meeting was our famous annual Ice Cream Social. The club provided the Ice Cream, bowls and spoons. Member provided their favorite topping to share with the group. This has proven to be one of our favorite summertime social events. Both members and families enjoyed a nice evening of fellowship and some great ice cream !


Challenger Baseball Public Service Event.  

 (UPDATED Jul 29, 2014)  - -  Members of the Massillon Amateur Radio Club provided Safety & Support Communications for the 2014 Challenger Baseball Ohio Tournament Games held on Sunday, July 20th. The event was held at the Hoover Community Recreation Complex in N. Canton.

Challenger Baseball is the Special Needs division of Little league. Each year the Challenger leagues across the state come together for their annual State Tournament. This years event was held in N. Canton and Amateur Radio was honored to be part of this important tradition.

Throughout the day, we provided support communications by monitoring game activity at the nine fields used for the event including one held off site at the First Christian Church on Market Avenue. At the conclusion of each game, trophy's were awarded to all players by Ohio State Troopers coordinated by amateur radio. We also provided close communications with several event coordinators including Event Director Bonnie McClellan. Net Control was established using our ARES Comm Trailer.

Safety was also an important part of this event as radio communication was used several times for medical incidents.

Event Director Bonnie McCellan expressed her deepest thanks for the assistance we provided during the games, the first time amateur radio support was used during this event.

Eight operators supported this event who included: Don Wade - W8DEA; Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU; Chris Wetzel - KD8TNF; Pat Quinlan - KA8DAL; Bill Maurer - KD8LCS; Mike Palmer - KD8ENV; Tom Gill - KC8QOD; and county EC Terry Russ - N8ATZ. Thanks also to Chris's XYL JoAnn and daughter Julie who also assisted during the day event.


Ohio Section Cabinet Updates  

   (Jul 12, 2014) - - A report from Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY announced the following changes to the Ohio Section Cabinet Leadership.

After serving over ten years as the Great Lakes Division Director, Jim Weaver, K8JE announced his retirement from the ARRL Board of Directors effective July 7th. Great Lakes Division Vice Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, of Dundee, Michigan was appointed as our new Division Director.

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN has appointed W Thomas Delaney, W8WTD, of Cincinnati to fill the resulting Vice Director vacancy. Both Williams and Delaney will attend the ARRL National Centennial Convention which will include the summer Board of Directors meeting.

Also, in a surprise announcement, Section Manager Scott Yonally indicated that Section Emergency Coordinator Matt Welch, W8DEC has stepped down from his position and our new Section Emergency Coordinator is Stan Broadway, N8BHL of Radnor, Ohio.

The final cabinet post changer involves Alliance ARC's active member John Meyers, KD8MQ has accepted the position of Ohio's new Affiliated Club Coordinator.

Congratulations to all the new cabinet appointments and we look forward to inviting them to future club meetings !


Amateur Radio to the Rescue  

American Profile

 (May 3, 2014) - -  Amateur Radio recently received a healthy dose of nationwide recognition in a weekly publication called "American Profile".

The April 27 - May 2, 2014 edition featured a story called "Radio Active" that covered both the hobby and public service aspects of our beloved hobby. Spotlighting the interest of 10 year old Brandon Byrd, KF5NYQ of Gulfport, MS and how he became a licensed amateur, the article also covered our service during Hurricane Katrina and tornado outbreak in Joplin, MO.

Recognizing the ARRL's Centennial Celebration, the story also covers our century of hamming and includes a comment from past Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Jack Sovik, KB8WPZ who noted our long relationship with the National Weather Service.

American Profile is a weekly insert to over 2,000 newspapers around the country and covers human interest stories. The On-line version of this story also has additional information. If you missed the story or don't receive the publication in your local newspaper, click here to have a look !


Why An Antenna Radiates  

   (Mar 31, 2014) - - During our Technician Class, club member Fred Reed, KD8SMO brought to our attention a good article he came upon regarding amateur antenna theory. The title is "Why an Antenna Radiates" and was first published by QST Magazine in November 1992. The author was Kenneth Macleish, W7TX.

This is a very interesting article and is worth reading for all radio operators. We originally thought about adding it to the club newsletter but we only have a finite amount of space available each month. We don't have this limit on the website and have added the complete pdf article for you to download and read.

Thanks to Fred for bringing this story to our attention, we hope you enjoy reading it !   Click Here to download the pdf.

 


March Club Program by K8MFO  

 (Mar 9, 2014) - - The club program for the March meeting was presented by Don Karvonen, K8MFO, who is one of the many ARRL volunteers who handles the letter "G" for the incoming QSL Bureau. Don's presentation was very informative covering what the ARRL Bureau is as well how amateurs can make use of it's services.

Don also entertained the group with some fun history facts from the early days of the club. Our many thanks to Don for a great program and we hope he will stop by for a visit again in the future.

If you missed the program, complete details of the Bureau and it's inner workings are available on the ARRL Great-Lakes website at http://arrl-greatlakes.org.  Click on the 8th QSL Bureau link.


Fun Award Presentation  

   (Feb 9, 2014) - -At the February meeting club President Ralph, K8HSQ presented the Massillon ARC "Old Buzzard Award" to Russ McMahen, N8PII for his knack for timing out the club 147.18 Repeater during many late night nocturnal long winded QSO's !  Congratulations Russ on this good natured FUN Award !

 

President Ralph presents the "Old Buzzard" Award to Russ, N8PII (R).


Annual Awards Banquet Recap  

 (Jan 20, 2014) - - The Massillon Amateur Radio Club's Annual Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, January 11th at the Massillon Senior Center, the home of the MARC with nearly 60 members and guests attending, our largest gathering in many years. It was a great event with great fun, great food and the presentation of many well deserved service awards.

A full recap of the evenings event including pictures of this years award recipients is covered on our Banquet Page. Make sure you have a look ! Special thanks to Charlie, KB8STV for all the fine pictures !.


Annual Massillon Hamfest  Notes  

    (Nov 12, 2013) - - The 53rd Annual Massillon ARC Hamfest and Auction is past and we would like to report another successful club event.

Attendance remained strong with nearly full table rentals. Reports from our vendors were mostly positive and everyone seemed to have a good time. That sounds like a formula for a great time !  The Auction was well attended but it was reported we could have used more "stuff" to auction off !

We would like to thank the many club members who came through and volunteered their time, they all helped make this years event a solid success.

ARRL Assistant Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY also attended and gave us a very favorable report on this years event. Scott also came armed with his trusty camera and took lots of pictures. They have already been posted on the Ohio Section Website. Click Here to check them out !


Massillon Holiday Parade    

     UPDATED (Nov 26, 2013) - - The club just finished assisting with the 59th Annual Massillon Holiday Parade sponsored by Massillon Main Street and the Downtown Massillon Association. This continues to remain the oldest public service event that is handled by the club and our responsibilities have grown over recent years to include many aspects of parade operation. The parade was rebroadcast over Massillon Cable TV and I hope some of you had a chance to view it. The club trailer looked great on the route with our new decorations and special thanks to Jim Farriss - WA8GXM for pulling the trailer in the parade. 

In the early years of the parade, we provided only communications support to the Massillon JCs organization who handled the staging of all the parade units. When they disbanded, the city struggled to find volunteers willing to take on this task. Since the MARC handled communications support, somehow we got nominated to take on this responsibility as well.

A few years later, Massillon Cable began filming the parade in conjunction with the Massillon High School Communications Department and again the club was called upon to assist with this part of the parade also. Last minute omissions or changes to the parade line up are passed on to the production crew so that the announcers can follow along with the parade units. We had experience with this as well as amateurs routinely handle staging activities including TV production control relay duties at the Hall of Fame Festival Community Parade. The Holiday Parade has depended on this ever since.    

Over the past several years the parade has been sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association with President Donald Harwig serving as Parade Chairman. During this time and before the club has always been there to make sure the parade is properly staged and starts on time down the parade route. We have become an integral part of the parade and I wonder if they could pull it off without us.    

Im glad to report another successful public service event with very few problems thanks to our communications and parade skills. Over 46 years and counting Santa has arrived in the city in no small part thanks to the MARC.

Parade Chairman Don Harwig and Communications Coordinator Perry Ballinger, W8AU express their appreciation to the MARC for their continued support of this annual holiday parade. The following club members assisted with this years event.

Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Bud Harvey - WA8KWD, Steve Hall - KD8ACF, Igor Nikishin - K8INN, Bill Maurer - KD8LCS, Don Wade - W8DEA, Dan Anastis - N8DZM, Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU, Bill Treacle - KD8TKX, Gary Kline - WC8W, Jim Farriss - WA8GXM, Dale Storey - KB8LWP, Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Anne Ballinger - N8GAF, Joe Herrick - WD8BGW, Robin Markland - N8EBS, Russ McMahen - N8PII and Terry Russ - N8ATZ. This event provided 72 hours of community service.


October Program Summary    

     (Oct 4, 2013) - -  Special thanks to Wade - WD8MIU, Jim - WA8GXM, and Byron - KF8UN for the nice recap from the Kelley's Island Expedition. 

They reported fine weather and reasonable band conditions during their day of operating. Contacts were reasonable and they all had a fine time.

Thanks to the team for this club outing and for the pictures !

Wade, WD8MIU at the controls !

Wade's Portable Equipment Rack

Team Member Brooker, KD8JNX at the station


Repeater Status Update    

 (Oct 5, 2013) - - At the October club meeting it was decided that the club 147.18 Mhz Repeater operation status would be changed from a generally open system to PL Status.

This means that a PL Tone of 110.9 Hz will be required to access the repeater.

While we are still experiencing some receiver problems at the site, seasonal atmospheric conditions are causing the receiver to open easily creating open squelch noise.

Until all receiver repairs are completed and when band conditions ease, the PL tone will remain in place.

All club members and general users of the repeater are still welcome to use the repeater anytime, it is not the intention of the club to restrict it's use !

Thanks for your understanding as we try to make the repeater suitable for all users.

The club also thanks the following members for lending their time to upgrade the club's repeater site. Maintenance at the site was overdue and with good weather running out, club President Mike, WA8MKH organized a work detail to complete this project.

Weeds had nearly overgrown the site and the building was in need of painting.  This was completed with minimal cost to the club. Special Thanks to the following team,  Mike - WA8MHK, Carol - KB8IMH, Ralph - K8HSQ and Tony - KD8UXK.

The completed project. Weeds removed, building and fence painted.

The main entry into the Site.


September Club Program    

     (UPDATED Sept 7th) (Aug 25, 2013) -- The program for the September club meeting will be a kit or homebrew equipment "Show & Tell" night.

We originally planned some sort of a Show Us Your Heathkit Night but it was decided to open it up to any equipment you built, bought or just would like to show off to the club.

I still own several Heathkit products nearly all of which are still operational. I plan on bringing along a few of them to the meeting. I hope some of you will also share some piece of your favorite equipment to share with us. The plan will be to give everyone 10 minutes or so to show off their rig and give us a short report on it. Radio's, Antenna's, whatever you want to bring along will be appreciated. Let's see what shows up !

UPDATE....  We had a nice crowd for our September meeting including several members who brought along their Heathkits, Radio's and homebuilt antenna's to show off to the members. Lots of great old Heathkit memories and stories were swapped and everyone enjoyed looking and hearing the vintage radios and test equipment.

Thanks to everyone who brought our equipment for our Show & Tell Night at the club. Sounded like we will be doing this again in the future !

Heathkits galor filled several tables at the club meeting with everyone enjoying discussing their favorite kit building experience.


July Club Events    

   (July 22, 2013) - - It was a busy weekend for the club as we participated in several public demonstrations that included a small fundraiser.

On Friday, July 19th we participated once again in the annual William McKinley Museum Summer Science Splash. The club's Emergency Communication Trailer was on display with several stations setup and running over the entire event. An information table also greeted visitors as we demonstrated our hobby to the numerous visitors who were attracted to our trailer thanks to the vertical mast nearly fully extended with the American Flag at the top. It was another great event with lots of people interested in our activities. Event director Lynette Reiner was again grateful for our support of this event over the last three years. 

Jim - WA8GXM (L) and Gary - WC8W ran our Friday night net from the trailer while Jim operated on 6 meter AM.

A small information center greeted visitors

The McKinley Monument was our backdrop as the trailer greeted visitors to the event

Special thanks to the following club members who staffed the display or dropped by to lend support. They were, Tony - KD8UXK, Terry - N8ATZ, Ralph - K8HSQ, Jim - WA8GXM, Gary - WC8W, Mike - WA8MKH, Wade - WD8MIU, Ann - N8GAF and Perry - W8AU.

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Then on Saturday, we again setup and displayed at the Jackson Belden Buehler's Food Market. This was also a small fundraiser for the club as we grilled hot dogs during the afternoon. A dreary morning turned into a great afternoon as our display was well attended with a few visitors stopping by to have a look at the Communications Trailer.

The Crew hard at work at the grill !

Plenty of Supervisors !

Ready for all the customers !

The Trailer also had a few visitors

Again we were lucky to have many club members who assisted and visited the Buehler's Fund Raiser. They were, Wade - WD8MIU, Steve - KD8ACF, Terry - N8ATZ, Jim - WA8GXM, Mike - WA8MKH, Carol - KB8IMH, Stephen - KC8IDJ, Perry - W8AU, Ralph - K8HSQ, Don - W8DEF, Don - W8DEA, Gary - WC8W, Tony - KD8UXK, Igor - K8INN, Stephanie - KD8RDN, Charlie - KB8STV, Bill - KD8TKX, YL Shirley Treacle, harmonics Shirley and Alexandra, Barry - WA8WBL and Kathy - KC8IXE.


April Meeting Well Attended   

    (Apr 7, 2013) - - The April meeting was well attended and included several special presentations as well as a great program.

Club member Don Wade, W8DEA was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for his operating achievement during the club's 85th Anniversary Special Event Station. Don had been on assignment with FEMA during Super Storm Sandy and is finally back home for a well deserved rest.

In addition to Don, Callsign Plaques were issued to Jack Wade, N8LCS and Jerry LaRocca, KF8EB. This recognition is issued to club members who have maintained club membership for 25 years. Congratulations to both Jack and Jerry !

The club program for April was a presentation on the Civil Air Patrol presented by member Charlie Ssherger, KB8STV with assistance by fellow CAP Member Don Wade, W8DEA.

The program covered the basics of the Ohio Wing and included a very interesting powerpoint presentation that covered the history and mission of the CAP.

The club enjoyed the program and we appreciate Charlie and Don's efforts and their service.


Don Wade, W8DEA (R) receives his Certificate of Appreciation from President Mike Sciarini, WA8MKH.


Jack Wade, N8LCS (R) receives his 25 year callsign plaque


Jerry LaRocca, KF8EB (R) receives his 25 year callsign plaque.


CAP Captain Charlie Scherger, KB8STV presented a fine program on the Civil Air Patrol.

Thanks to Ralph Bugg, K8HSQ for the pictures!


A Bit of Repeater History !

  The clubs 147.18 Repeater is the high profile wide area coverage repeater in Western Stark county and has been for quite some time. But it wasn't always so, in fact at one time it was not even a repeater at all !  Learn about the colorful history of the repeater thanks to an early issue of the clubs newsletter that I recently found.

 Click here to read the full story.


What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. 

You are welcome to join us at our monthly club meetings held on the first Friday of each month at 8:00 PM at the Massillon Senior Citizens Center, located at 39 Lincoln Way West, Massillon, Ohio 44647. We usually monitor the club's 147.18 repeater, give us a call and we'll guide you in !

MARC owns and operates repeaters in the 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands. Our annual Hamfest is held at the Massillon Boy's & Girls Club in Massillon. We have a large indoor hamfest area, as well as ample outdoor parking. The prizes are some of the best you'll find at any area hamfest and the bargains are many.As a club member, not only will you have access to the autopatches on our 2m and 70 cm repeaters, but you will also receive a monthly subscription to our newsletter, Feedback. In each issue you will find published, the minutes of the previous month's meeting, informative articles, and interesting narratives by our club members.

  The club owns an emergency response communications trailer that is stocked with radio equipment and back up batteries, as well as a generator. With little notice, MARC can have an emergency station on the air, ready to provide any help we can. Our club station, located at the Senior Center, contains an HF station, VHF and UHF gear, and a computer system. The station is open to any club member, during the hours that the center is open. The club also sponsors quarterly VE Exams quarterly at the Emergency Operations Center located at the Stark County Sheriff's office and during our annual Hamfest. Please check the link for times and specific dates.

 

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6 N8LCS
14 KD8NYZ
17 WA8NZE
19 N8UDL

Click Here For A Listing of Hamfests for 2014

 

 

  Great Lakes Director Updates

 

 
  Click Here for updates from the Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK.

 

  FCC News
 
 

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The FCC Question Corner
 
Just exactly when do I have to ID my station ?
 
Q & A on Station Identification.
 
Q.  Do I have to give my call sign at the beginning of a contact ?
 
A.  You only have to ID at the end of the QSO and at least once every 10 minutes during it's course as per Article 97.119(a). There is no requirement to transmit your call at the beginning of a contact but it is customary when calling another station to give your call as part of the exchange so the other station knows who is calling him !
 
Q.  How often do I have to give the call sign of the station I'm talking to ?
 
A.  You are not legally required to mention the other amateur's call at all per Article 97.119(a). The only exception is when handling traffic with foreign stations - you must then give the other station's call sign at the end of an exchange of third party traffic per Article 97.115(c).  

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  Ohio Section News

ARRL News from the Ohio Section is now available by clicking on the above logo. 

News items currently included are the current copy of the Ohio Section Journal, and general section news from Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY.

 

  FOX Hunt News


The MARC sponsors  FOX Hunts to increase technical knowledge in this area and most of all to have fun !. 

We keep the rules simple.

The Fox shall be within Massillon City limits and on public property.

The Massillon Senior Center will be used as starting point.

The first person to find the fox gets to hide it the following month.

Use any equipment you have to find the fox.

Any and all are welcome to join the fun and enjoy the hunt !

The Search for the Elusive Fox !

 
 
Learn all about Fox Hunting at
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